Housing court needs to be expanded

Only 69 percent of Massachusetts residents have access to a housing court; the remaining 31 percent do not. The Chief Justice of Massachusetts argue why that must change.
Op-Ed (Massachusetts)

Ralph Gants
Boston Globe
February 12, 2016

Tags: Courts, Housing


Finally, only housing courts regularly hold special sessions to hear cases that are brought to enforce building, housing, fire, and health codes, and to respond to health and safety emergencies. Because housing courts provide an efficient forum where board of health inspectors and fire departments can promptly resolve code violations, the communities of Chelsea, Framingham, Malden, Somerville, Barnstable, Winchester, Everett, Lexington, and Cambridge are calling for a statewide housing court.

The governor has recognized the need for a statewide housing court and has included in his budget $1 million and the legislative authority to make it happen. We need to make this the year that every resident of this Commonwealth gains access to a housing court.